Child benefit is available to people who are responsible for bringing up children within the UK. However, the child must be either under the age of 16, or under 20 if they remain in approved education or training, to receive the payment. Only one person is permitted to claim Child Benefit for a child, and the Child Benefit Office, overseen by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) administers it.
Typically, Child Benefit is paid once every four weeks, and Britons will usually get this payment on a Monday or a Tuesday.
However, the festive season brings with it a series of bank holidays, which may have an impact on the payment of Child Benefit.
As a result, parents and guardians are being encouraged to make note of potential changes which could impact them.
Doing so, will ensure people are amply prepared, and may even be able to budget better for the festive season into the new year.
While this is the major date which is affected, parents and guardians in certain parts of the UK will also need to make note of additional changes.
In Northern Ireland, a bank holiday will occur on Tuesday December 29, impacting those usually paid on this date.
Due to the fact banks are closed, the sum will instead be paid on December 30.
In Scotland, there is another bank holiday in the new year which is worth bearing in mind – which falls on Monday January 4.
While people in other areas can expect to be paid as normal on this date, there is a change for Scottish parents and guardians.
These individuals can expect their payment to come slightly earlier on December 31 – New Year’s Eve.
And for Scottish people expecting a payment on Tuesday January 5, a payment will occur on the next day on Wednesday January 6.
For those receiving Child Benefit, there are two rates which are worth bearing in mind.
The eldest or only child in a family is allocated a weekly rate of £21.05 at present.
Any additional children entitle a parent to receive £13.95 per week, per child.
However, it is worth noting the benefit cap may affect the total amount of benefits a person can receive, including Child Benefit.
To claim Child Benefit, Britons will need to approach the Child Benefit Office, by filling in the CH2 Claim Form.